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They seem like objets d’art, so delicate, so elegant, yet melt-in-your-mouth yummy. Real butter, real eggs, real sugar, real cream, real vanilla — gourmet cupcakes from Cake Couture are made with natural ingredients — they are great summertime treats, and perfect at picnics, parties, barbecues and celebrations of all kinds.
In flavors such as chocolate, vanilla, red velvet, orange creamsicle and cookies and cream, cupcakes are baked daily.
“We wake up real early in the morning and bake everything from scratch fresh every day,” says Carmen Emerson-Bass, Cake Couture owner.
Emerson-Bass opened Cake Couture in Aina Haina in 2007 and has recently opened up a second location downtown on the ground floor of the Davies Pacific Center.
If you’re looking for a way to add some delish to your summer (or impress your friends), make sure you add Cake Couture’s cupcakes to the menu.
Photo Courtesy of FOODLAND Foodland Farms
Foodland Aina Haina first opened in 1950 and was the third Foodland store to open in Hawaii. In February 2010, the Aina Haina store became Oahu’s first Foodland Farms — an updated, upgraded version of the local chain, specializing in a wide selection of locally-grown produce, an expanded gourmet section, and wine tasting every Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m.
The local answer to the national Whole Foods chain, Foodland Farms has full-service seafood, meat, deli, bakery, and floral departments, as well as an R. Field Wine Company. Shopping in the new 25,000-square-foot store is a gourmand’s dream. You’ll find produce from the Hamakua Coast, North Shore, Big Island and many other local growers as well as more organic produce.
Don’t miss the gelato bar featuring 12 varieties of gelato by Hawaii’s own Mondo Gelato. Try one of up to 50 flavors rotated periodically to cool off on those hot summer days.
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McDonald’s Aina Haina
In April, the oldest McDonald’s restaurant in the islands closed and a brand new, contemporary McDonald’s opened just steps away from the original structure, featuring an outdoor seating area and a double-lane drive thru. The newly constructed hamburger chain is part of the renovation taking place at Aina Haina Shopping Center.
Photo Courtesy of MCDONALD'S of Aina Haina
It was Maurice Sullivan, founder of Foodland, who opened the first McDonald’s franchise in Hawaii at the Aina Haina location in November 1968. Now, the original structure has been torn down. A display honoring Sullivan is part of the new building’s interior décor.
Today, McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii has 85 locations with 75 in the state. The hamburger chain employs more than 5,200 in Hawaii, Guam and Saipan.
The Aina Haina location has been a successful one for the franchise. It is unknown how many hamburgers have been served, but one thing is certain there will be many, many more. Along with new healthy options on the menu, the new location offers free Wi-Fi and a contemporary new look, inside and out.
Located in the Niu Valley Shopping Center, Le Bistro has a loyal following. Reservations are recommended as the dining room fills up fast in this popular restaurant.
The fare is contemporary French style, complete with romantic bistro settings, white tablecloths, and Monet-inspired flower arrangements. The ambiance is distinctly French, the crowd is local and the dress is casual.
A diverse menu offers many ways to experience French cuisine in healthy portions, including Kurobuta pork chops, steamed onaga, rack of lamb, veal chops, rib eye, twice cooked breast of Muscovy duck, sea bass, seared ahi, Madagascar prawns, fresh oysters, and slow-cooked short ribs. The French are famous for their sauces, and Chef Alan Takasaki delivers with this mouth-watering element, adding a can’t-get-enough-of flavor and visual appeal to his specialty dishes.
Wine selections from the region can get costly, but are worth it. Don’t miss the escargot — arguably the best on the island and the caramelized apple tart for dessert.
There are lots of restaurants around that brag about home-style cooking, but a meal at Jack’s is like popping into your mom’s kitchen for lunch. Pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee, no frills and no hassle.
It doesn’t take long to feel right at home in the unintimidating atmosphere at Jack’s. The simplicity of this quaint café is what makes it special. The familiar dishes and comfort food on the menu is as home-cooked as you could imagine. Order a biscuit with breakfast and you get a great big warm popover that melts the creamy whipped honey butter that comes with it.
Jack’s special omelet is made to order and hearty, balanced out with some hash browns. The moist and tender mahi mahi sandwich for lunch is egg-battered and pan fried. The meals are served hot, and nothing is pre-packaged or pre-prepared … or pretentious.
For those mornings when you have time to enjoy breakfast, or a leisurely lunch or family-style dinner, Jack’s is the place. The homemade meals are so much better than store-bought and they’re reasonably priced. And you don’t have to do the dishes.
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